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Another nail in the PSVita’s coffin: Sony announces that PSVita game cartridges will stop being produced in less than a year!

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38 Responses

  1. WolfRamiO

    Vita was release on 2012, so, what the problem? you buy phones for the price 2 or 3 Vitas and change them in 1 or 2 years of use… nothing is for ever guys.

    • Spaarks

      Word

    • Rinyuaru-Kun

      The thing is that phones are universal: Android is Android, and given you buy from Android phone to Android phone you may even change every week while still having the same experience and content. The price isn’t really the issue here, it’s more the fact that a whole **console** is now dying. You can’t just buy another one and keep the same experience or content. If you choose to go from the Vita to the next portable console on the market, that’s basically a start from zero.

    • Natalie

      Ok, 1, phones are designed to be replaced every 2-3 years. Consoles aren’t.
      2. When you update your phone, you simply go back into the App Store and redownload any app you want. No matter if you purchased the app in 2007 or 2017, the app will still work because there are no generations.
      3. With portable consoles, and consoles in general, they die, and they die hard. Especially in this new digital era. If Sony or whoever decide to shut down their online store and kill a console, if you don’t have a large storage capacity card, you are losing the games you’ve paid for.
      Your PSVita games will only work on a PSVita. If the console dies, it’s done for, you can’t buy a newer model and just put your new games in it.

  2. Quade321

    I believe the SD2Vita occupies the Game Card slot, not the memory card slot. 🙂

  3. Zeke

    Meh. The Vita is to Sony what the Wii U was to Nintendo, something of a commercial failure. That doesn’t mean either are without merit or bereft of great games, just that they never really took off. At least Nintendo didn’t *** on theirs like Sony did though.

    • Ethan Weegee

      …and they are both really good consoles to hack.

      • Zeke

        Correct! Both my Vitas and my Wii U are hacked. Wii U is the easiest way to get 1080p upscaled GameCube emulation out by HDMI I know of, granted it’s not as graphically pleasing as Dolphin but vWii hacking is pretty simple.

  4. JonasForPresi

    The text beneath the 2nd picture says “physical”. But I think it should say “digital”.
    Nonetheless a very well writen informative article.

  5. ismail ghedamsi

    I never saw any games on sale in the stores anyway plus there’s no game worth playing.So it have no effect on me.

  6. Aramaru

    I recal this only affects western markets though. In VGchartz article they mention”Sony Interactive Entertainment’s American and European branches”. It’s a bit saddening but understandable. In my country PS Vita can’t really be bought anyway and neither can be games (mostly). Even though I don’t plan to support consoles after Vita I still plan to order some last exemplars I can get here and from Japan.

  7. joe

    You’d think this was a site dedicated to PSVita.

  8. FFTW

    damn. this SUCKS. just as we are getting the hack too. i very recently bought my vita and hoped to begin building a collection for it. this is really sad :'(
    RIP Vita. You rocked and died too early…

  9. dameros

    There will still be PS+ free games after March 2019, just not for ps3 and vita.

  10. Dmaskell92

    “Wanting to sell them off after they’re finished off with them while still retaining their PSN account.”

    This isn’t important, and I’m sure most understood what you meant. However shouldn’t it be more like this?
    “Wanting to sell them off after they’ve finished playing, while still retaining their PSN account.”

    Not sure TBH, but the heavy use of the word “off” sounds amiss.

    -Regards

  11. Damon Kerr

    SD2Vita occupies the Vita Game Card slot. You can still use the memory card slot if you want.

  12. rdee12

    Vita is dead. Next, the PS4.

    • TehCupcakes

      Well yes, by process of elimination, that is the only “living” Sony console left so it is obviously next. 😛 However, that won’t be for a few more years. There would be no reason for them to kill it off until there is a PS5.

  13. BlessingOfChaos

    The downfall of the Vita was completely and utterly down to Sony and its handling of the console. They promised the world. AAA console games on mobile! And all that… When that never happened they just removed support and allowed third parties to make it a bit of an indie /niche jrpg machine. What Sony should have done is just apologised for some misdirection, maybe offered a small cash incentive (like 10-20 dollars) to those who brought it on the AAA promise. Then they should have doubled down and made some good *** portable games. The 3ds is a terrible console and if has had a great life with tons of success.. That is all down to software… The Vita WAS the best handheld… But hardware never beats software.

    • Eridan

      Amen to this.

      Call it emotional transfer but it is always painful to see a video game console you enjoyed being drowned in the mud. Well, the dreamcast wound still hurts…

      The fact is that a pluridisciplinary company like Sony can afford a console to fail while Nintendo has no choice but to succeed, or move along as quick as possible. All in all, it is the toyphones trend that has permanently maimed the video game industry.

  14. Demian

    Finally good news from that lame brand owner. Let the Vita on the scene’s hands once and for all. We the owners deserve the right to use our legally bought Vita’s as we want.

  15. Jeff

    Sd2vita takes up the gamecard slot not memory card slot

  16. Taronish3

    They will push new fw after this lands in open air cfw bye bye. Sony will be Sony.

  17. Itachi

    So this means that theflow may likely release the CFW of 3.65 it earlier.

  18. NotConslow

    pc forever ;p

    • PSTV-wood-sporter

      @NotConslow Gee, making a post just to say that is so clever. I’d bet the farm your pc’s keyboard also has many splotches that glow under UV blacklight. What a clown.

    • PSTV-wood-sporter

      @NotConsole
      I’d bet your keyboard has splotches that glow under blacklight. Clown.

  19. Taronish3

    I am buying a new PS vita us model soon and see which fw it comes with am a bit confused 1000 or 2000 to buy since I had a 1000 since 2012. Till today I gave to my friend as it got a broken headphones jack.

    • Spaarks

      tbh im not sure if there are any “NEW” Vita Modells still availiable for retail price. Most of them i find on ebay, amazon, shoob, etc are very over priced and give no indication of what Firmware they have.
      I got a used one with 3.60 fw from ebay for only 80 $ in the middle of 2017.
      but thats all for EU. not US.

      • kok0ro

        in Philippines you can still buy them fo $160 retail, $240-$500 online’dumb’ and $110 or less on marketplace

  20. Scott

    If they had any decency theyd push out some final firmware which makes it open source so people can use em however they want.
    Sony though – nevvvvvvvver gonna happen

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